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• Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
• Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
• Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
• The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
• 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men in the United States is raped during his/her lifetime.
• 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked.
• 66.2% of female stalking victims reported stalking by a current or former intimate partner.
• Intimate partner victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
• Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
• Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
• Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8,000,000 million days of paid work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
• Intimate partner violence is estimated to cost the US economy between $5.8 billion and $12.6 billion annually, up to 0.125% of the national gross domestic product.
• Between 21 60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.
• Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by former or current intimate partners. This amounts to 22% of workplace homicides among women.
The Let's Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series is a multi-component curriculum designed to prevent violence as well as to reduce or eliminate engagement in ongoing dating violence. It is therefore both a primary and secondary prevention program.
According to recent studies numerous schools, after-school community-based and faith-based centers across the United States are implementing Teen Dating Violence TDV, Human Trafficking, Stalking and Rape prevention programs (Weisz & Black, 2009), and evaluations of these programs are encouraging. In a recent meta-analysis of 23 school-based TDV interventions, De La Rue, Polanin, Espelage, and Pigott (2014) found participants in the intervention groups significantly increased their TDV knowledge and improved TDV attitudes and conflict management skills.
The Let’s Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series for Girls provides you with 14 robust alternating sessions as a teen dating violence curriculum for girls in the (8th • 12th grade) with a fun filled approach that provides specific benefits. The best component about this program is anyone can present it.